Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Please join us in welcoming Tamara And Mary of TheLoveStory, our featured members!
Tell us about yourself.
We are Mother & Daughter, Best Friends and Business Partners who love what we do. We have so much fun working together, which is what we believe has contributed to our success.
When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?
We started The Love Story in May 2012 because both my mom (Mary) and my dad had lost their jobs and I was a stay at home mom wanted to help. My mom, on her free time, was knitting for charity and so I looked online to see if she could sell some of her items on line and came across Etsy. We realized then that it would be a great opportunity to work together once again. We saw that there was a heavy wedding presence on Etsy and we love weddings, so we did our research and that’s when The Love Story was born.
Tell us a bit about your products.
We sell everything from jewelry, wedding garters, one-of-a-kind evening bags, baby headbands and accessories, shoe clips and much more.
We take great pride in our products and make sure that we use only the finest materials. Most all of our products are made for special occasions so it’s of the utmost importance to us for our clients to look and feel like a million bucks!
What inspires your work?
We are inspired by two things:
1. LOVE~ The name of our store is no coincidence. We believe that Love makes everything better.
2. OUR CUSTOMERS ~ All of our customers inspire us to be creative because most everything we make is customizable and it’s such a joy to work on something so special for someone and watch it come to life from just a vision.
What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
Expanding our collection!! Last year we joined forces with DIYCRAFTSHOPPE to broaden our collection. In order to keep our prices down for our customers, we have to buy in bulk (which means a lot of product sitting on our shelf) so we decided to start another Etsy shop which allows us to sell the same great quality supplies that we use to our DIY friends!
What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
At The Love Story we like to offer a variety of items. We don’t just sell one item, we sell accessories that compliment each other. We try to be a one stop shop for that special occasion coming up and/or a place to find the perfect gift for that special love in your life!
Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?
We first started out in an extra bedroom in each of our homes. We quickly outgrew them and moved into a beautiful studio that we are probably going to enlarge again very soon.
What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?
We have owned a few businesses together over the years so we were pretty prepared, although the one thing that we are still learning is how powerful Social Medial is and how important it is to stay active on all of the social platforms. But we are doing our best to keep up!
Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?
We would highly recommend selling on Etsy! From a back end business aspect, you couldn’t ask for more. Etsy provides so many critical tools to keep you on track financially. And as for advertising, they dominate on Google so you have a great opportunity to get views. They make it seamless to operate on other platforms in order to grow your business and keep your website all together. It really is the best place to market your business on the internet!
When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
We are fortunate enough to live on a private lake in Northern California perfectly situated between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. So, needless to say when the weather is nice and we aren’t overwhelmed with orders we love to either take our kayaks or houseboat out on our lake and enjoy the sunset or take a fun trip to either San Francisco or beautiful Lake Tahoe.
What is your favorite quote?
“One kind word can change someones entire day.”
Where can people find out more about your business?
We are doing our best to make it easy to find us either on Etsy (of course), Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and our outdated blog. (Not enough time in the day!)
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Etsy CIJ for inviting us to be a featured team member on their blog! We are truly honored to be included and would like to wish everyone a lifetime of love & happiness.
If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.